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The Peer-Reviewed Dirt on Monbiot's Dirty New Scare Story

Just when you thought climate alarmism had passed its peak... We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it Says George Monbiot in today's Guardian... War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil...

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A Decade of Lynas

Mark Lynas writes in the Guardian in the wake of the paper's new climate campaign, We must reclaim the climate change debate from the political extremes Alarmists and deniers need to climb out of their parallel trenches, engage with the developing world and work...

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Barry Gardiner's #TimeToAct2015 Photo Album

Yesterday saw the 'Time To Act 2015' protests in a number of cities throughout the world. The Huffington Post proudly announced 'People's Climate March In London Draws 5,000, Including Russell Brand And Naomi Klein'. Have you ever been to Central London on a Saturday...

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About 'Denying', 'Deniers', and 'Denial'

There has been some discussion about the D-word recently. The Science of Doom blog considered the historical implications of the word, and argues that its use in the climate debate trivialises the deaths of millions, and urged people to stop using it. Keith Kloor...

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Celebs, Comedians, Pop Stars… Climate Whores

While browsing Twitter the other day, I chanced upon this tweet from the Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)... How should we power London? http://t.co/GixAT5FcJ9 Discussing tonight #powerlondon @jonsnowc4 @JayRayner1 @shappikhorsandi & @prospect_uk—...

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Advocating the Science Cake and Politicising it

The science-advocacy axis has provoked much fraught discussion over the years. Crudely put, there appear to be scientist, activists, and activist-scientists, and scientists-activists. The consensus appears to be that political advocacy and science should not be...

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We Need to Talk About Green NGOs…

NGOs are weird. And green NGOs are even weirder. Even at face value they are weird, precisely because we are supposed to take them and the issues they seemingly speak for at face value, as plainly as we would take the Campaign for the Abolition of Stubbed Toes (CAST)...

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2071 and Counting

I have a review of Chris Rapley's "play", 2071, over at Breitbart London. The latest development in the green colonisation of the cultural sphere is the planet-saving stage play. This year, the Royal Court Theatre commissioned Duncan Macmillian and Chris Rapley to...

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Lewandowsky's Logic

It's Lewandowsky time, again. 'Are you a poor logician? Logically, you might never know', he observes with Richard Pancost over at the Conversation Nonversation. More about that logic shortly... At the Nonversation, of course, comments from Lewandowsky's critics have...

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Why Environmental Correspondents Trip Over Themselves

One of the things I've tried to point out here is the emptiness of the categories and concepts that dominate reporting on the climate debate. In particular, the notion of 'consensus' has become so entirely divorced from its substance that those who invoke it often...

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The myth of climate-change refugees

Climate change has become an excuse to abandon people living on the coast. Much of the Welsh village of Fairbourne lies between just one and three meters above sea level. It was built on a salt marsh in the 19th century behind two metre-high sea walls to protect the...

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The Heathrow decision is an assault on democracy

MPs and the public want a third runway and yet judges have struck it down. This is a disgrace. Yesterday’s ruling in the Court of Appeal has seemingly resolved the decades-long wrangling over the future of Heathrow’s third runway. The court decided that the government...

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A rebellion that the establishment loves

Why our usually illiberal establishment has been so chilled out about XR’s week of vandalism. Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters in Cambridge have launched a week-long campaign of obstruction and petty vandalism. It began with the protesters issuing demands to...

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2019: the year of peak green bullsh*t

Greta, Prince Harry and Extinction Rebellion took the eco-cult to new heights of madness. 2019 was the most extraordinary year of green bullshit yet. Despite the planet being a wealthier, healthier and safer place than it was when fears of global warming first...

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Where was the debate about the climate?

Channel 4’s leaders’ debate on climate change was a pointless and pathetic exercise. ‘It is the biggest issue on the planet’, said Krishnan Guru-Murthy as he introduced the Channel 4 News Climate Debate. Cue a montage of floods, storms, fires and a burned Koala...

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Green grandstanding is out of control

The parties’ ever more outlandish climate plans will eviscerate our living standards. Brexit aside, this General Election campaign will be remembered for parties’ promises to spend more than their rivals. From the NHS to ‘free’ broadband for all, a bidding war has...

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Buried beneath Brexit: Boris’s bonkers boiler ban

NEWS emerged this weekend that the Conservative Party Conference will hear the leadership’s proposals to achieve Theresa May’s ‘legacy’ Net Zero 2050 target. According to reports, amongst the first steps on this path will be the outlawing of gas connections to any...

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